Short ribs were back up to $7.99 at Safeway this past week and the $5 ones I stocked up on are still in the freezer. I was too busy sneezing and hacking from the bad air to even think about turning the oven on. Thank God for Raliberto’s, which now takes credit cards, by the way.

-What would you think of a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT requiring  any Presidential candidate to have served at least four years in the military?? Women too! It would eliminate a lot of the ignorance currently wafting from the Oval Office. Might save billions on useless military parades, such as the one which our Fake President still  has his heart set on. Right wow it’s scheduled for Nov 15 at a cost of $12M unless someone comes to their senses.

CHRIS COLLINS-  the greedy creep who committed insider trading RIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN will not be missed by his colleagues on the Hill.  He was apparently despised by his fellow Congress members,  even before he talked several of them into the bum investment  that got him busted.  While we’re at it, how about an amendment to prohibit  members of Congress and Senators from having investments at AT ALL while they serve?  They, as well as the President, should have to put everything into a blind trust.  Should have done this years ago.

-The BEST OF THE NORTH COAST-  We always have a lot of fun with the NCJ’s list when it comes out.  Remember two years ago when the winner was the Holiday Inn on Broadway which hadn’t even opened yet?   Remember it HERE   We all know that the friends and employees of the nominated businesses stuff the ballot boxes, so to speak,   but we all check out those lists.  Most of the winners you could at least make a case for  but PORTER STREET as best barbecue?????  I don’t think so! I used to be a regular customer out of desperation but now that Sammy’s has opened l will never see the inside of Porter Street again. Also,  the last time I had their otherwise good chile it contained a piece of spongy meat that I identified as tripe. Nothing wrong with tripe,  it’s not poison or anything , it just didn’t sit right with me and now that we have  Sammy’s and Humboldt Smokehouse …Anyway, I find the choice of Porter Street inexplicable.  I approve the recognition of the Oaxaca Grill, a nifty little place that is often overlooked.  I am pleased to see that the AA has recaptured the trophy for Best Steak from whatever interloper took it last year.   It should just be permanently the AA.     Toni’s was correctly named for Best Milkshake but their award of  second place to the Fresh Freeze was unfortunate. I love the Freeze for certain things (fish and chips) but their shakes are too sweet.   Finally, I also find the tabbing of Shamus T Bones as one of the top three restaurants, uh, inexplicable.  We’ve had a couple  of pleasant meals there but top three???


We Finally Check Out The Oaxaca Grill

Those of you who are familiar with this fine Henderson Center establishment- and I guess that’s most of you- can skip reading the rest of this. I am ashamed-ASHAMED- that I never ate there until Monday.  I have been missing out, clearly.

The Oaxaca ( 508 Henderson, near F Street, 445-9702) doesn’t have a website. It’s a family-run cafe with surprisingly sophisticated Mexican food.  The personable server is the paterfamilias.  The menu looks spendy until you figure in that most of the choices include soup or salad. I tried the Cream of Jalapeno and it was really different, smooth and richly flavorful.  I had the fish tacos and the fish appeared to be filet of sole.  The small pieces were tucked into thin corn tortillas that were a little too delicate to hold a taco together, especially with the mound of mango salsa that was piled on.  I used a knife and fork. It was great. 

My friend ordered a chimichanga and pronounced it good, although there was some debate over whether the chimi should have come with lettuce, guac etc on top as it does at Rita’s.  At the Oaxaca, it won’t, so take that into your considerations. Although we came into this situation knowing that the Oaxaca is renowned for its mole,  we left without trying it.

Shucks, I guess we’ll have to go back!